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Come Fly With Me

Come Fly With Me
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Copyright: Jean Michel Peers (JeanMichel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 87 N: 938] (2864)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 F4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Photos with titles of songs, Flying images, Birds In Flight Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-05 7:09
Viewed: 4424
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
BRANTA LEUCOPSIS - Barnacle Goose (En)- Bernache Nonette (Fr) - Nonnengans (Ge) - Brand Gans(Nl), Barnacla cariblanca (Sp), Vitkindad gas (Sw)
Size: 58 to 70 cm, Wingspan 132-145 cm, Weight 1400-2400 g. Colors: black and white head, grey-blue back, white chest. It is smaller than the Canada Goose with more silvery grey wings and mantle and a shorter neck. Longevity 19 years
Live in colonies in the toundra, close to estuaries and coasts, where they eat grass and polar vegetation. They nest in Arctic regions, above the cliffs. Migrate in winter to low and flooded lands, grassland pastures and marshes, following different routes according to their original residence:
1 - Greenland to Iceland, then Scotland and Ireland.
2 - Spitzberg, along the Norwegian coast to Solway gulf.
3 - New Zemble, thru Baltic Sea, North Sea, down to the Netherlands and Northern France.
Roughly 110 000 birds winter in western Europe. In France, their winter population varies. During cold winters, it can reach 7000 individuals.
Protected species (red list)
On the river Seine banks, close to where I live, three of them took up residence and live amongst ducks (same anatidae family). Sometimes I have the chance to catch them flying. The goose being a bit larger than the ducks, their flight attitude is a bit heavier. You will notice here the large wing surface, showing this bird is capable of long migrations, sometimes in difficult conditions.
Photographic facts : overcast sky, speed priority, burst mode, avg metering, ISO 400, focal lenght 250mm, handheld.
Shot and adjusted in RAW mode, cropped and USM on Photoshop Elements. NeatImage.

Fisher, dew77, marhowie, sAner, carper, hummingbird24, Comandante, Luc, gerhardt, paulbright has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To flagman: how do you do it?!JeanMichel 1 05-06 14:07
To sAner: B/WJeanMichel 1 05-05 13:06
To ellis49: B/WJeanMichel 1 05-05 13:02
To milloup: Thanks, BenteJeanMichel 2 05-05 09:27
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Hey, there's no stopping you now, is there, you handle that toy very well ;-))
Good sharpness, action nicely frozen, good POV.

Beautiful composition. Excelent details and well done on this shot.
Excelent work.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-05 9:21]

Superb action shot Jean!
Details on wings are amazing.Composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Jean, I like this very much. The basic B&W frame brings out the details and textures of the wings in a unique way..Excellent forward wing pose..Wish it was mine! ;-) Very well done!!!

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  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2005-05-05 10:45]

A great action shot!
Well cropped, sharp, and the high shutting speed is efficient.
Very good job.

  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-05 11:40]
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Good capture! The pose of the bird is excellent, with his body slightly tilted. Shooting it in B/W was a great move. Sharp details and well composed. Well done & TFS!


Great flight-in, Jean Michel.
You use your new toy alot I can see.
1/1000 sec and still are the wingtip blured, the goose moving fast.
Very good detials, well composed and nice colours(B/W).
Great work.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-05-05 12:56]

Wauw, Jean Michel, what a speed,
fantastic capture, very good in pov extremely good photo, very good job you did here,
gr. Jaap

After spending many hours on a weeks holiday trying to get a shot like this, I realise how difficult they are. I didn't get a single shot I'm really pleased with. This one is great - how do you do it?!

Well captured Jean Michel,
Excellent composition, great details and sharpness.
Good job on the exposure, Thanks for posting

This photo is quite amazing, Jean. Well captured action shot, and I like very much the 3D quality to the uppermost wing. Congratulations on a fine posting, and thank you.

Wonderful action shot Jean!
Details and lighting on wings are superb.Excellent
composition.Thanks for sharing.

Very nice inflight capture, great details.
Well done.

  • coasties Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
  • [2005-05-06 4:54]

Jean Michel hard to believe this is a colour shot. Very nice work. The POV is fantastic. The action view of the goose is wonderful. Good sharpness. Nice work. Thanks Smiley later

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-08 10:29]

Superbe capture, Jean-Michel!
Le titre est très approprié.
La composition est parfaite.

Beaucoup de plaisir vous devez avoir
Avec ce jouet riche en pouvoir.


what can I say:) great one:D

Lovely B/W of this in-flight. You secured your place in the club with this second post. :) I still wish I could get a in-flight like this. Very well done.

so smooth and beautiful like a poem!

Que dire face a une image aussi belle.
Superbe !

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-05-23 16:25]

Great dynamics in this picture. It's a pity the head is less sharp than the backparts of the body.
For the rest: perfect performance.
My compliments.


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